Texas rolls over Texas State 85-53

CHRISTIAN CORONA (Associated Press)
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Cam Ridley scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Texas cruised to an 85-53 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.

The Longhorns (9-1) won their fifth straight game, marking their longest win streak in nearly two years and giving them their 25th straight victory over the Bobcats (3-7). Texas held Texas State to 29.7 percent shooting from the floor and 19.2 percent shooting from 3-point range - the worst marks by a Longhorns opponent this year.

Texas started the game on a 6-0 run before 3-pointers by Wesley Davis and Joel Wright helped Texas State tie the game at 8. The Bobcats hit three of their first 3-point attempts before missing their next eight and going nearly 20 minutes without hitting a single shot from beyond the arc.

Ridley's three-point play with 11:26 left gave Texas a 17-14 lead, but Texas State once again tied the game, this time at 20 on Wright's dunk with 5:59 to go in the first half. The Longhorns ended the half on a 13-2 run to take a 33-22 halftime lead and won the game running away.

Ridley scored the first five Texas points of the second half and helped his team outscore Texas State, 52-31, in the final 20 minutes. Javan Felix hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half and hit 4 of 7 shots from beyond the arc, scoring 13 points.

Texas went on a 13-2 run to extend its lead over Texas State to 62-37 before Davis hit a 3-pointer and got the assist on a layup by Kavin Gilder-Tibury. But dunks by Ridley and Holland on an alley-oop pass from Kendal Yancy put the game further out of reach.

The Longhorns had four players score in double figures, including Isaiah Taylor, who scored 15 points on 4-of- 6 shooting from the floor, and Jonathan Holmes, who scored hit all six of his free-throw attempts en route to chipping in 11 points.

Texas has won nine of its first 10 games for the fourth time in 16 years under head coach Rick Barnes and for the first time since 2010. The Longhorns now move on to the toughest part of their nonconference schedule as they face No. 18 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Wednesday - their first road game of the year - before returning home to play No. 5 Michigan State next Saturday.

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